Prepare for Winter Emergencies
Are you ready for winter?
Several years ago, an ice storm took out our electricity for days. Last year, many Texans suffered greatly. Preparing now will help to minimize the pain that any winter storm might bring this year. The problem is that preparation costs money, but, failing to do so can cost you even more. So, decide what you need, then sacrifice some wants so you’ll be ready. I’ll mention a few things to consider.
The first thing I buy is firewood and lots of it. We stock up on nonperishable food and water. Ann buys special treats, then hides them from me. We have puzzles, board games, and lots of good books. Have medication, candles, flashlights and pet supplies along with some ways to recharge your phones. I have a portable charger and I’m looking into solar chargers. Some of my neighbors have generators. These can be very expensive, so research well. Check your inventory of warm blankets, coats, boots, gloves, and hats. Consider feet and hand warmers. Inspect weather stripping and have an adequate draft blocker. This might be a fun project to make with your family over the holidays, or a much-appreciated gift! Keep an ice scraper in your glovebox and fill your car with gas when a storm is predicted. If you have a tent, you can set it up inside to hold heat for babies and sleeping toddlers. When you prepare for the unexpected, you don’t need to fear the future. “Consider the ant” while you also trust in the Lord
Now if your ability to prepare is limited due to credit card debt, I recommend Christian Credit Counselors. They can create a debt management plan that works for you. For more information call the Crown Helpline: 800-722-1976 or visit online at crown.org/ccc.